Accused Georgia spa shooter pleads not guilty to four murder charges By Reuters
By Rich McKay
ATLANTA (Reuters) -A Georgia man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and other charges stemming from a shooting massacre at Atlanta-area day spas in March, for which the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.
At a short hearing in Atlanta before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville, an attorney representing Robert Aaron Long entered his plea.
Long, a 22-year-old man, is charged with the murders of 8 people at 3 spas near Atlanta. The majority of these victims were of Asian descent. He pleaded guilty https://www.reuters.com/world/us/man-pleads-guilty-four-murders-atlanta-area-spa-shootings-2021-07-27 in July to four of the slayings in Cherokee County.
After former President Donald Trump frequently referred to coronavirus, the attacks of March sparked a national awareness about anti-Asian violence and bias in the United States. He repeatedly called the virus “kung flu” and “China virus”.
Fani Willis, Fulton County District Attorney has filed papers in court declaring that she will seek death penalty and increased sentencing for hate crime based on race or gender.
Long told a Cherokee County court in July that he bought a gun and a bottle of whiskey, then set about killing himself. He claimed that he felt remorseful because sex was his addiction.
He said that instead, he had decided to conduct the shooting sprees in two metro Atlanta counties.
Long, Delaina Ashy Yaun (33), Paul Andre Michels (54) and Xiaojie Yan (49) were sentenced to life without parole for shooting Daoyou Feng (44).
Fulton County charges him with killings of Yong Ae Yue 63, Soon Chung Park 74, Suncha Kim 69, and Hyunjung Grant 51 at Atlanta day spas.
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